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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Ageexplores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

My, oh my. Where do I begin.

I love when books open up discussion for difficult conversations, such as racism. Being Reese Witherspoon’s book club choice and the high praise surrounding it, I was so ready to dive head first into this story. It’s been weeks since I’ve finished it and I’m still undecided how I feel.

The storyline was there but the mess surrounding it took away from what the book could have been. The dialogue in the book was so hard to read. It was actually cringe-worthy at times. I thought it would be better if I heard the dialogue instead of reading it, so one third of the way through I switched to audio book. It actually got worse so I switched back to the book.

Outside of the dialogue, the writing is just very choppy. Because of this, I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters on anything more than a surface level. The message got lost somewhere after the first few chapters and it didn’t recover much after that.

I really wanted to love this book. I stuck with it hoping it would finish strong. I didn’t dislike it, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

★★★☆☆

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The provided summary of Such a Fun Age can be found here

★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.

Book 5/50 for 2020

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